A Superior Court judge wants to know why a prosecutor presented “misinformation” to a grand jury, which ultimately indicted an Elizabeth cop on insurance fraud charges about three years ago after she filed suit against her police department.

Union County prosecutors alleged that Alana Velazquez, who became a cop in 2010, used her supplemental AFLAC insurance to receive $8,600 for an on-duty injury, but the policy did not cover on-the-job-injuries. She was charged in 2017 with insurance fraud, theft by deception, and three counts of uttering a forged document — about a year after she filed suit claiming racial discrimination.

Her attorney, Joshua McMahon, asked Friday to have the indictment dismissed because he claimed Union County Assistant Prosecutor Robert Rosenthal did not explain to the grand jury that her policy could’ve covered on-the-job injuries. Rosenthal was unsure if he redacted the policy numbers when he presented evidence to the grand jury too.

Rosenthal said he didn’t realize Velazquez initially filed her claim with a policy that could’ve provided coverage for on-the-job injuries until McMahon pointed it out almost three years later. He used words like “inadvertently” in court filings that were read aloud in response to McMahon’s claims.

“But inadvertently, apparently, doesn’t apply to my Black female police officer here,” McMahon said. “I just wanted to point out that juxtaposition.”

Grand jury proceedings are generally conducted privately with a prosecutor as a stop-gap to make sure a person was rightfully charged with a crime before it proceeds to trial.

Rosenthal, meanwhile, said it ultimately did not matter if that information was presented to a grand jury. Although her policy gave the option for customers to have their coverage apply to on or off-duty injuries, she did not check the boxes saying she wanted coverage for both. Coverage for both on

Petroleo Brasileiro S.A. or Petrobras PBR recently informed that it will be taking over TOTAL’s TOT operatorship and its stakes in the five exploration blocks located in the Foz do Amazonas Basin, 120 kilometers offshore Brazil as the latter is resigning from its role of an operator of these blocks. These exploration blocks are usually referenced as FZA-M-57, FZA-M-86, FZA-M-88, FZA-M-125 and FZA-M-127.

This investment is in sync with Petrobras’ portfolio management process, which mainly focuses on boosting its shareholder value and prioritizing its investments in world-class assets in deep and ultra-deep waters.

The five blocks in the Foz do Amazonas Basin were acquired by a group of three companies during National Agency of Petroleum’s 11th Block Bidding round.The consortium comprised TOTAL with 40% interest alongside Petrobras and BP plc BP with 30% stakes each.

TOTAL did not reveal the reason behind exiting its operatorship of the blocks located in the environmentally-sensitive basin. However, Petrobras, TOTAL and BP put a lot of effort into acquiring a license to carry out drilling activities in the basin as the Brazilian regulators considered such operations to pose a threat to the reefs and the local biodiversity.

Management stated that this agreement will enable Petrobras to expand its ownership of the fields to at least 50%, which may further increase to 70% if BP does not wish to extend its stakes in the fields. The conclusion of the negotiation is thus contingent upon the consent of the Organs regulatory bodies.

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Petrobras is the largest integrated energy firm in Brazil and one of the biggest in Latin America. The company’s activities include exploration, exploitation and production of oil from reservoir wells, shale and other rocks. The operations also include refining, processing, trading and transportation of oil and oil products, natural gas and other